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Researchers through to second round as Macron eyes landslide

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Academics Jean Viard and Cédric Villani, who are running in the National Assembly elections for president Emmanuel Macron’s party, are well-positioned to win in the second round.

Of the 474 candidates put up by Macron’s La République en Marche party in the first round on 11 June, 453 have qualified for the second and final round. Two LREM candidates, in Paris and Morbihan in Brittany, won seats outright by attracting more than half the votes.

Overall, LREM and the MoDem party, its centrist ally, won 32.3 per cent of the votes. The centre-right Republicans trailed behind on 21.6 per cent and the far-right Front National came third, receiving 13.2 per cent of the votes. The left-wing vote was split between the far-left La France Insoumise party, which won 11 per cent, and the Socialist Party, which attracted 9.5 per cent of votes.

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